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Arthur Clarence BREWSTER

Place of birthArmidale New South Wales
SchoolGravel Hill State School, Bendigo; and Higher Grade School
Other trainingSalford Technical School
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRupanyup, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Francis Brewster, Lambert Grove, East Kilda, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name23rd Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe wanted to enlist when war broke out but was facing the drought of 1914. With govt. assistance to save his horses he put in a new crop and was able to repay his debts. He then enlisted, trained at RMC Duntroon and left Australia as a Lieutenant in October 1916. He spent 2 weeks on Salisbury Plain, then went to France, where he was slightly wounded in the Battle of Bullecourt, was Mentioned in Despatches, and was subsequently awarded the Military Cross.
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death29
Place of burialSanctuary Wood Cemetery (Plot III, Row J, Grave No. 10), Zillebeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frank and Fanny BREWSTER. Born at Grafton, New South Wales

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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